Agenda

Making Creative Use of Emerging Technologies to Enhance Student Learning
The 2003 PKAL Assemblies
What Works - What Matters - What Lasts: The Roles and Responsibilities of Leaders in Undergraduate STEM

November 21 - 23, 2003

Co-sponsors:

Friday, November 21, 2003

(Sessions at the assembly hotel: Millennium Hotel/Boulder)
3:00 - 4:30 pm

Opening Plenary

Welcome; introductions & logistics
Richard Byyny, Chancellor- University of Colorado at Boulder
Paul E. Vorndam, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry- Colorado State University-Pueblo
Richard McCray, George Gamow Distinguished Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences- University of Colorado at Boulder

Plenary presentation: Computer Power and Human Learning: Using Technology As If Students Matter
John R. Jungck, Professor of Biology- Beloit College; Director- BioQuest


4:30 - 5:30 pm

At-the-Table Discussions
Facilitators:
Assembly leaders


5:30 - 7:30 pm Reception/Buffet dinner/Poster session
Participants have opportunity for informal review of posters from the break-out sessions and for connecting to colleagues.

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Plenary II:
Spotlighting the host institution

Convenor:
Richard McCray, George Gamow Distinguished Professor, Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences- University of Colorado at Boulder
Panelists:

Michael Klymkowsky, Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology- University of Colorado at Boulder
Sarah Macumber, Undergraduate Student in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science- University of Colorado at Boulder
Gerald Jones, Undergraduate Student in Computer Science- University of Colorado at Boulder
Walter Kintsch, Director, Cognitive Science Institute and Professor of Psychology- University of Colorado at Boulder
Gerhard Fischer, Professor of Computer Science- University of Colorado at Boulder


Saturday, November 22, 2003

7:30 - 8:30 am

Birds-of-a-feather breakfast (Millennium Hotel)
Informal opportunities to share with and learn from peers:

  • How chemists are using technologies...
  • How biologists are...
  • How mathematicians are...
  • How computer scientists are...
  • How earth and planetary scientists are...
  • How psychologists are...
  • How senior academic administrators make things happen
  • How other administrative colleagues make things happen

8:45 am Shuttle from hotel to University of Colorado campus

9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary III
The setting becomes an undergraduate classroom; participants experience two creative approaches to transforming the learning environment through the use of technologies. This common experience sets the stage for the break-out sessions that follow.
Convenor:
Paul Vorndam, Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry- Colorado State University-Pueblo

New strategies for learning biology
Presenter:
Carey Phillips, Professor of Biology- Bowdoin College

Digital chemistry: the experience is everything
Presenter:
Mark Kubinec, Director, Digital Chemistry Project- University of California Berkeley


10:30 - 11:45 am

Breakout session A

Using geographic information systems as an active learning tool
Ann Johnson, Education Solutions Manager- Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)

Technology as a solution to implementing active learning pedagogies
Ann C. Smith, Director, Undergraduate Programs, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics- University of Maryland College Park

Teaching and learning in computer science: incorporating assessment as a tool against obsolescence
David Ranum, Associate Professor and Chair, Computer Science- Luther College


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Lunch: A word from your sponsors: CUSE, PKAL & MERLOT
Robert L. DeHaan, Director, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education- National Research Council
Jeanne L. Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope
Flora McMartin, Director of Member Services & Evaluation- MERLOT


1:15 - 2:15 pm

Plenary IV:
Application of assessment strategies at the course and program level

Julanna Gilbert, Director of the Center for Teaching & Learning & Professor of Chemistry- University of Denver
Alison Morrison-Shetlar, Director, Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning & Professor of Biology- University of Central Florida


2:30 - 4:00 pm

Breakout session B

JiTT - Technologies to transform and assess learning through the Just-in-time-teaching pedagogy
Evelyn T. Patterson, Professor of Physics- U.S. Air Force Academy
Gregor M. Novak, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Physics- U.S. Air Force Academy

Designing spaces that accomodate the technologies that are transforming the learning environment
Gary Gabriele, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

How technology is improving student learning in large enrollment, lower-level mathematics courses
Robert F. Olin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences- University of Alabama
Joe Benson, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences-University of Alabama
Monte Boisen, Chair, Department of Mathematics- University of Idaho

Quantitative life sciences education: Preparing fearless biologists
Louis J. Gross, Professor and Director, Institute for Environmental Modeling, Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Mathematics- University of Tennessee, Knoxville


4:15 - 5:30 pm

Plenary V:
Institutional policies, practices & programs to encourage technological creativity

Moderator:
Kristina G. Proctor, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics- Colorado State University-Pueblo

Presenters:
Robert F. Olin, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences- University of Alabama
Brad Lister, Director, Center of Industrial Innovation- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Carl Wieman, Distinguished Professor, Department of Physics- University of Colorado at Boulder


5:30 pm

Shuttle back to the hotel
Time to think about and prepare agenda for action


7:00 pm

A night together on the town
Experiencing the culture of Boulder Colorado

Sunday, November 23, 2003

(Sessions at the assembly hotel: Millennium Hotel/Boulder)
8:00 - 8:45 am

Breakfast discussion: What works in...
Moderator:
Jessica R. Young, Director of Environmental Studies- Western State College
PKAL F21 Colleagues

This discussion, facilitated by members of the PKAL Faculty for the 21st Century, is included in each of the ten 2003 assemblies, which are designed to explore the various dimensions of a strong undergraduate learning community. In at-the-table discussions participants will identify salient characteristics of an institutional culture that will have demonstrable success in achieving the full potential of learning technologies. These discussions will be summarized and reported out during the penultimate session.


9:00 - 10:00 am

Plenary VI:
Imagining and planning for emerging technologies

Phillip Crompton, Principal- Vantage Technology Consulting Group

An approach to technology planning that begins with setting a vision, and enables you to make wise investments through a structured process that responds to the constant evolution of technology.


10:30 - 11:00 am

Plenary VII:
Comments from delegates from the People's Republic of China


11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Plenary VIII:
Implications for the future

Alan Kay, President, Viewpoints Research Institute and Hewlett-Packard Fellow


12:00 - 1:00 pm

Box Lunch & Closing remarks


1:00 pm

Assembly ends